House of Representatives, on Tuesday, urged the Federal Government to work out “appropriate modalities” to provide security in schools across the country.
Bandits and terrorists have on several occasions attacked schools, especially in the northern part of the country in recent times.
The lawmakers, during Tuesday’s plenary session, said “weak or non-existent security infrastructure” in schools makes students vulnerable to attacks and other “negative influences”.
The resolution followed the adoption of a motion sponsored by Benjamin Mzondu and Julius Ihonvbere from Benue and Edo, respectively.
Leading the debate on the motion, the lawmakers said the “increasing insecurity in Nigeria has become a worrisome development, irrespective of one’s class, religion or ethnicity”.
They noted that, “since December 2020, hundreds of teachers, students and pupils have been abducted from schools across the country, further highlighting a troubling development”.
The lawmakers added that they were “worried that the weak or non-existent security infrastructure in most schools across the country leaves the children vulnerable to attacks and other negative influences, hence the need to provide
primary resistance against intruders, and protect the school facilities”.
They maintained that there is a need to “deploy modern technology in the provision of basic security measures in schools”.
Following the unanimous adoption of the motion, the lawmakers directed the House’s relevant committees to ensure compliance.